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If you are flying from abroad or elsewhere in the UK to reach your holiday destination at Porthcawl in West Wales, the perfect choice of flight is to Cardiff Airport, with Bristol Airport a close second. Cardiff is just under 25 miles away, Bristol around 70.
Birmingham Airport is also a possibility with its wider range of inbound flights. While it is nearly 140 miles from Porthcawl, access is speedy on motorways, so should not mean your holiday starts with a tedious journey overland once your flight has landed.
Using public transport to reach Porthcawl is a possibility but, in most cases, car hire will prove the most convenient. Expedia is able to help you with booking this in advance of your flight if you so choose.
With only one terminal, Cardiff Airport still serves more than two million passengers each year, travelling non-stop to and from around 60 regular destinations. Most of these are in the UK and Europe, but there are also direct flights to Florida and Barbados. With more than 900 connecting flights as well, wherever you are in the world, a flight to Porthcawl via Cardiff Airport is a good proposition.
By road, via the A48, the journey time from Cardiff Airport to Porthcawl is just 40 minutes. A bus will take two to three hours with a couple of changes en route, and the same for a train, which takes you as far as Bridgend with a short bus ride for the final leg.
Bristol Airport serves over 90 destinations with direct flights across the UK, Europe and North Africa. Its range of airlines carries 4.5 million people every year.
From Bristol, via the M4, the drive to Porthcawl takes about an hour and a half. A combination of bus and train takes between three and four hours with a number of changes.
By public transport, once you leave your flight, Porthcawl could take six to seven hours by train and bus, but just over three hours in a car, again via the M4.
Birmingham Airport has a huge range of nonstop flights and connecting flights across the globe including India, China and North America as well as extensive flights within the UK and Europe.
To reach Porthcawl by car from this airport takes around two and a half hours, the bus takes up to six hours and the train just over three.
Following the flight into your chosen airport, you could spend a little time in one of the cities before your onward to Porthcawl
Cosmopolitan Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham all have something exciting to offer for the discerning traveller before the quieter seaside pleasures of the South Wales coast. You could take in Cardiff Castle, the SS Great Britain in Bristol, or visit Cadbury World in Birmingham if you are a chocolate-lover.